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This show has been commercially released as " Europe '72: The Complete Recordings - All The Music Edition"
Subject: Nice show
A pretty good show. solid versions of China>Rider, Playin' Truckin, and NFA>GDTRFB. However, I didn't find it nearly as compelling as some other reviewers here. The Other One I actually found somewhat disappointing, especially in light of some relatively unknown gems like 4/21/72. Maybe I need to here this one a few more times...
Subject: You don't have to buy the whole box
You can buy the single performance CD on the dead site. Seems like they were on, excited by worldwide broadcast. Nice sound.
Excellent show and quality. I had this on tape for years. This sounds so much better.
Cliff Hucker -
Subject: Brilliant sound quality!
Tight as a drum, with perhaps the most well played first set, this might be the most underrated performance of the tour. Though it's a bit shorter, perhaps to accomodate the radio broadcast, sonically it's superior to most shows from the tour excluding only the official releases. Crisp and clear, the live-wire mix is particularly lively and the separation remarkable.
The musicianship too is laser focused and precise. Virtually all the songs are extremely well executed and played at a tempo just a bit faster than was normal for the tour, giving it a vibe somewhat unique to the other Europe shows. Highlights include great performances of Bertha, Me and My Uncle with a great solo by Jerry, a fantastic Sing Me Back Home and what might be the best China/Rider of the tour. Weir's leads blaze through the transition into IKYR. Pig's Chinatown Shuffle is likely his best performance of the song on the the tour and Playin' in the Band is also notable.
Though it's not quite jammed at the level of the monumental performances in Copenhagen and Rotterdam, the second set jam suite is excellent. Truckin' is exceptional and includes some incredible leads by Garcia. Although it only clocks in at just under twenty minutes, the Other One is an amazing performance. The intro in particular is unbelievable! It is one of the best Other One intros of all time! The intensity level of the first two and a half minutes is off the charts! This one moves rather quickly into the first verse, mainly sticking with the Other One theme and carrying the momentum well. There is a wild post verse passage starting at 11:00, eventually leading to an awesome explosive barrage from Phil, and ultimately some major lengthy sustained notes from Jerry. A jazzy movement follows, with some Spanish Jam hints before Phil drives things back into The Other One theme prior to the second verse climax. The balance of the set is also well played. This is a thrilling performance from start to finish. (97 pts)
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD in Luxembourg
This is why we love the GRATEFUL DEAD. Live concerts broadcast on the radio.
I would like the highs a little brighter on this one, but the EQ on my computer can fix that on playback. Seems like when the tape is cleaned up, the ambience and depth of the highs is lost.
AUDIO = 4 stars, SHOW = 5 stars, MIX = 5 stars.
To come all this way to the IA and NOT download this show makes NO sense...
Add this one to the collection folks.
Eat, drink, be merry and listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the love.
Subject: LIVE DEAD
I feel this one deep in my bones.
Rool em up man and hold on to this one!
This is as good as ever.
Eat sleep and drink this one up,
Subject: Don't shy away due to brevity, kickin show.
Originally a jug bandlol. I wonder how those tuned in who had only heard of the band responded after a few tunes. Certainly no jug band any more. The keys start out too low but bob is as clear as I have ever heard him. When the piano comes through it sound awesome, early keith brings so much to the music. He needs to be up in this mix. Bob dedicates me and my uncle to the state of mexico.now bob, you know thats not a state right? Nice crisp playing all around. Mr. Charlie has a real nice quick beat and pig sounds great. These earlier sugarees are nice and all, but knowing how the song evolved they dont do much for me. Same goes here, nice but little more. The B.E. Wind is great. Bobs voice is in great condition for this show. Jerry biffs the intro riff to Chinatown, but its ok, pig takes over.
Quick change hereChina Cat- Bob Weir on lead guitarwell for a minute anyway. This is a short but powerful chinacatreal bap bap boom. Phil sounds amazing on the high harmony. Compare and contrast with years later and it would be impossible to convince someone that it was the same voicebut he sounds great. Bob gives the history of, or takes credit for, BIODTL. Its a great version all the same.
Bob gives the news on the hour after It hurts me toonews is, everything is gonna be alright. Thanks bob. Tennessee Jed is just right after bobs report. Its a bit hoppier than the other Jeds from this era. I like it a lot.
Oh god, donna haters beware, she sounds terribly on playinI mean bad bad. But around 6 minutes in they are seriously swingingits truly a shame they had to cut it short for the radiothis playin was on its way into the stratosphere. The set closes with a very brief promised land.
After another radio intro they kick into truckin What Jerry does with the guitar starting around the 9 minute mark is incredible. I wanted to drop a few specific times with really interesting phrasing and by the end realized that was impossible. The review would have been like, check out 9:23 and 9:25, and 9:29 etc Jerry is awesome. Then a nice billy drums into a RAGING TOO introthis is the one song of the night where the issue of radio time is thrown out the window. And it certainly makes up for all the quickly paced short first set tunes. Get ready for the ride. Listen to where you think the jam is headed at the 5 minute mark, and then listen as Jerry completely takes control of the direction and alludes to a future passage later. The whole band(around 11:30) seems to dip their toes in the lake of fire in the 7th level. Jerry and bob especially. Then at 12:30 Phil declares himself lord of the underworld with some scary power chords. I think they would have played a Spanish jam in here under normal circumstances. Keith, Bob, Phil, and Jerry all at one point play commonly used signals for it. Maybe it was just a big inside joke among friends, but they match up with some other Spanish jam signals from before and after Europe 72. Great great great other one.
Frankly I hear people bad-mouthing Sing me back Home a bit too much. If you dont dig this tune I think you are a little touched in the head. To each his own and all but my opinion of your opinion is that it stinks ;) Wow, what a great version. Jerry, and yes donna make some great melodies. Boy Bobby sure is talkative at this show.
Sugar Mags gets to thumpin real fast. Phil tone is great, and, as mentioned, Bobs voice is in great shape. The sugar mags is great 72 dead all the way around. The drop into NFA with just little touches from Billy is awesome. If you are one of those who looks for especially good GDTRFB, this is one to check out. Jerry rips it heavy and fast. 7:17 is a lengthy one for sure, at 4:58 jerry bends a pin drop twisting noteits really something. Donna is only off for a little of it. The train pulls away from GDTRFB very smoothly and gets going with the end of NFA. Saturday is played well to close things out.
Considering what Europe 72 represents to many this show could be considered an oddball. It is short, has only a few jams and is generally played a few beats faster than normal. I like to call it unique
Subject: 72 favorite
Maybe because it's shorter and tighter than most of the Europe shows, I find myself coming back to this one for a quick fix. I also somehow like the fact that this was being broadcast across Europe. Good starter set(s) for Dead and non-Deadheads too. 5 stars. What's not to like?
Subject: Excellent Performance
Not an all time 8/27/72 or 2/13/70 classic by any means, but if you want some Europe '72 and don't have enough CD-Rs or space on your mp3 player for, say, 5/26, this show is absolutely perfect. The Other One, Playin', and China Cat are all played here in arrangements that manage to sound unusually tight without being rushed. That being said, there are some sound defects--Pigpen's organ is mixed way too low, which is a shame because he contributed his finest keyboard playing since 1966 on this tour--but this is still some very powerful music. 4 for both sound and performance.
Subject: Typical Europe '72.
Don't overlook this show, folks. It's easy to pass it by in the light of 5/11 and 5/26. Great, tight playing with mostly solid singing and an excellent adventurous Other One to trip out on. Worth the download.
Subject: Full O' Goodies
Previous reviewers have hit it on the head, though, don't forget a terrific Chinatown Shuffle!
Subject: Highly under-rated shows...
Radio Luxembourg was one of the first tapes I ever had, so I'm a bit biased about this show. Nice, tight, radio-friendly versions of songs (as radio-friendly as the Dead could be in '72). FM broadcast with mediocre sound, but I do dig the idea of this hidden gem of a show blasting allover Western Europe one spring morning way back when...
dr. flashback -
Subject: Nice little show
Easy to overlook this one, with so many great Europe shows to listen to. But surprisingly, a very tight, energetic show. Not a very long show, by comparison, due to the fact this was a live FM broadcast arrangement. So the sets are compact, and right to the point. Great versions of Mr. Charlie, Sugaree and Tenn Jed. And the Playin is
long and features some amazing Jerry wailing on the wah wah.
The second set high point is of course The Other One. Again, fairly short, but they nevertheless they manage to send out blasts of San Francisco psychedelia over the German FM airwaves. It gets wild and crazy in places, and then Sing Me Back Home makes you think you're sittin at a corner bar, cryin in your beer listening to Merle Haggard on the jukebox. Great version, if you can dig it.
A good show to take along in your car for a 2 hour drive. Worth a listen if you're collecting Europe shows. Hot Truckin as well!
Dr. Flashback ;-)